Jomolhari trek

12 nights

Day 01:                 Paro-Thimphu
Day 02:                 Thimphu-Paro
Day 03:                 Paro – Shana
Day 04:                 Shana – Soi Thangthangkha
Day 05:                 Thangthangkha – Jangothang
Day 06:                 Jangothang – Halt
Day 07:                 Jangothang – Lingshi
Day 08:                 Lingshi – Shodu
Day 09:                 Shodu – Barshong
Day 10:                 Barshong – Dolam Kencho
Day 11:                 Dolam Kencho – Dodena-Paro
Day 12:                 Paro Sightseeing
Day 13:                 Departure

Day 1: Paro-Thimphu.

A flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga, Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsrim Khang. The first gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. You will be received by our representative from Vajrayana Tours and Travels and driven to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city.

Explore the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the national textile museum. Visit the General Post Office and purchase the world’s most beautiful postage stamps, collector’s items and postcards at face value.

Drive to Sangyegang viewpoint from here you could see the entire Thimphu valley. on way back, stop at the Takin reserve to see the Takin (Bhutan’s National Animal). En route, visit the Zilukha nunnery.

Overnight Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu-Paro.

Visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient manuscripts and religious artifacts, and see the ancient manuscripts preserved there. Visit the Institute of Art & Painting school where traditional painting and other crafts are still practiced. Visit the Indigenous Hospital where the traditional medicine are made and ancient healing arts are still practiced.

Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main Government Secretariat building, which houses the government ministries, the Office of His Majesty the King and the Throne Room, and the offices and living quarters of the monk body. Observe traditional paper making from Daphnia and Edgeworthia shrub to the finished product and maybe purchase some beautiful writing sets from the factory. In the evening, drive back to Paro.

Overnight Paro valley.

Day 3: Paro – Shana. (Distance-17km, walking time-five to six hours).

Drive to Drugyal Dzong at the end of the valley and the trek begins here. The trail follows the river through beautiful meadows and paddy fields. It goes upstream of the Paro river, through villages, gradually ascending to Shana. The night’s camp is just beyond an army outpost.

Overnight tented campsite at an  altitude of 2,850m.

Day 4: Shana – Soi Thangthangkha. (Distance-22km, walking time-seven to eight hours)

The trail again follows Pa-chu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch follow the river climbing up through rhododendron forests and finally crossing the bridge again, and reaching a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mount Jomolhari.

Overnight tented campsite at an  altitude of 3,610m.

Day 5 : Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang. (Distance-19km, walking time-five to six hours)

The trek starts up the Paro river. The path ascends for a while till you reach the army camp. The valley begins to widen here with a stunning view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. Yaks and the herders’ winter homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder’s camp. Reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari. Camp for the night beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jomolhari.

Overnight tented campsite at an  altitude of 4,080m.

Day 6: Rest day at Jangothang.

The day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views on lakes and snow capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. Landscape all round is breathtaking and offers splendid opportunities for nature spotting and photography. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatisation. Trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and it’s subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

Overnight tented campsite at an  altitude of 4,080m.

Day 7: Jangothang – Lingshi. (Distance-18km, walking time-six to seven hours)

The trail follows the stream for half an hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Start the climb up to the first ridge with a breathtaking view of Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsherimgang. Then walk towards the valley, almost flat for a while, until the climb to the Nyele la pass at an altitude of 4,890 meters. After the pass, it’s a gradual descent to the Lingshi, enjoying the panoramic view of the peaks and you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on a clear day.

Overnight tented campsite at an altitude of 4,010m.

Day 8: Lingshi – Shodu. (Distance-22km, walking time-eight to nine hours)

The path follows the stream up towards the valley opposite the Dzong, gradually ascending through the valley for 4 hours, until the stiff climb to the Yelela pass (4800 meters), the highest pass on this trek. From the pass, you can get an excellent view of Jhomolhari, Tsherimgang and Masagang on a clear day. The trek from the pass to camp site at Shodu is steep down hill. Camp can be made in a stone shelter or in tent.

Overnight campsite at an altitude of 4,080m.

Day 9: Shodu – Barshong. (Distance-16km, walking time-five to six hours)

This is the place where one comes back to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forest. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning along the way. One of the interesting aspects of the day is crossing Thimphu River as many as six times before reaching the campsite. At the riverside you will be served hot lunch. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of the Barshong dzong.

Overnight campsite at an altitude of 3,710m.

Day 10: Barshong – Dolam Kencho. (Distance -15km, walking time-four to six hours)

The road descends to Thimphu river through dense forests of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples and bamboos and then ascends to pasture lands. Rest for lunch and then climb up to Dolam Kencho. In the month of April, you will encounter bloom of rhododendrons through this way to Dodena. The camp is in a meadow.

Overnight tented campsite at an altitude of 3,320m.

Day 11: Dolam Kencho – Dodena -Paro. (Distance-8km, walking time-three to four hours)

The trail continues through forested areas winding up and down and through a small pass. Langurs (monkeys) can be seen along the way. In Dodena, you will exit the Jigme Dorji National Park and reach the road head next to a impressive cantilever bridge.

On completing the trek, you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Paro. This afternoon simply spend the time relaxing at the hotel or enjoy a well earned massage or hot stone bath. Alternatively venture into Paro town and drive to the Paro Rinpung Dzong built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.

Overnight Paro valley.

Day 12: Paro Sightseeing.

In the morning, hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Also known as Tiger’s Nest). Choose between a 2 hour round trip hike to the Monastery viewpoint or a longer 3-4 hour and more strenuous hike into the Monastery itself. Enjoy the stunning view of the monastery where Guru Padmasambava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century, and meditated here for three months.

If time permits, take a quick visit to Kyichu Lhakhang – one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit. In the evening, souvenir shopping in Paro town.

Overnight Paro valley.

Day 13:  Departure.

Representative from Vajrayana tours and travels will see you off at Paro International Airport.